Watch This Praying Mantis Obliterate a 'Murder Hornet'

Mahlik Campbell

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Following recent buzz that an Asian giant hornet – also known as the "murder hornet" – had been spotted in Blaine, Washington, one praying mantis said, "hold up."

In the somewhat disturbing clip, a praying mantis lurks over a "murder hornet" before quickly trapping the large insect with its claws. Even as the hornet tries to wiggle itself loose and sting, the praying mantis remains unfazed, chomping away at the hornet's head.

Hopefully, if you've ever seen Planet Earth, the shock value of this unfiltered look at predator vs. prey won't be as intense.

In the end, one of the hornet's wings falls off as the praying mantis finishes its lunch.

Still, the "murder hornet" is a freaky creature, typically killing around 50 people every year in its native Japan, according to The New York Times.

Concerns that this hornet had made its way to the United States for the first time started in November and December. Several beekeepers reported their hives were massacred out of nowhere and that all of the bees from the victim nests had their heads ripped off – one of the tell-tale signs of a "murder hornet" attack.

One beekeeper from Canada, who was stung at least seven times through his bee suit when trying to exterminate a hive in Vancouver Island, likened the pain to "having red-hot thumbtacks being driven into my flesh." Yikes.


Knowing all of this haunting info, watching a praying mantis show one of these hornets who's boss is oddly comforting. Many others seem to feel the same way as the video quickly went viral. Here's how social media users expressed their admiration for the praying mantis' badassness.